Jeffrey Scott Gelalich
Outfielder Jeff Gelalich was a 2012 first-round pick.
Gelalich hit .258 as a high school freshman, then improved to .393 with 10 steals as a sophomore. His junior year, he batted .423. He hit .338 with 11 steals as a senior. The Philadelphia Phillies took him in the 41st round of the 2009 amateur draft but he did not sign. As a college freshman, he produced at a .321/.465/.474 clip for UCLA. He homered as UCLA beat Texas Christian University on June 21 in the 2010 College World Series then went 2 for 5 with a double, run and RBI as UCLA beat TCU again to move to the CWS finals, where UCLA fell to the University of South Carolina.
As a sophomore in college, he slumped to .268/.389/.415 with 10 steals in 12 tries. He followed with a .214 summer for the Bellingham Bells. His junior year at UCLA, the L.A. native rebounded and then some. After 61 games, he was hitting .365/.458/.558 with 11 home runs, 55 runs and 15 steals (caught only 4 times) entering the 2012 College World Series. The Cincinnati Reds picked him 57th in the 2012 amateur draft, a pick that was compensation for the loss of Francisco Cordero to free agency. It was the Reds' third and last first-round pick that year, following high schoolers Nick Travieso and Jesse Winker.